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Lanterns of the Past Years

  • 2019 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2019 Main Theme Lantern

    The design of the main lantern for the 30th Taiwan Lantern Festival breaks the norm of using animals of the Chinese zodiac and instead uses "Giant Tuna Bringing Wealth" as the theme image. The 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival brings lights, sound and visuals as a treat to everyone and combines large-scale works with arts and aesthetics based on the local humanities and culture of Pingtung. A well-known main character in the fishing industry, the bluefin tuna, is introduced to symbolize "abundance and wealth year after year" and depict a good memory of "Pingan Penglai. Light-up 30". The glorious view of the main lantern in the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area will be the best endorsement for the warm blessings of Taiwan’s lantern festival and its connection to the world.

  • 2018 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2018 Main Theme Lantern

    This year 2018 is the Year of the Dog on the Chinese zodiac. As loyalty is a trait of dogs, the main lantern at the Taiwan Lantern Festival this year is named "Loyal Auspiciousness." Its design depicts an indigenous child smiling, accompanied by his loyal Taiwanese dog,standing on Alishan looking at the mountain’s sea of clouds, a symbol of reflecting on the past, standing firmly in the present, and looking forward to the future. The message it sends is that we want the world to see Taiwan and we also welcome people from all over the world to visit Taiwan. The lantern has more than 20,000 sets of lighting circuit systems connected to it. We will use the high-efficiency full-color LED light sets to present the most beautiful and brilliant visual feast to festival visitors and the world!

  • 2017 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2017 Main Theme Lantern

    This year's main lantern is named "Feng Huang Lai Yi" by academician of Academia Sinica Tseng Yung-yi. The lantern takes the shape of a phoenix standing on top of a mountain, ready to fly up to the sky with its outspreading wings, leading Taiwan to a whole new era.

  • 2016 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2016 Main Theme Lantern

    This year's festival sets its theme on famous the "monkey king" of ancient mythology with a title of "Monkey of Good Fortune." A record-breaking 26m-tall main lantern will come in the form of the monkey king, and its left hand will be holding a golden stick and its right hand a fairyland's peach. The monkey king will also be dressed in a golden armor while standing proudly on his flying cloud. Using modern technologies such as 4D refractive LED lights, the festival is set to bring the story which best represents the year of monkey to life. This is also the first year that crystal is used to decorate the main lantern character's eyes, so as to add a sense of nobility and to emphasize the monkey's "fiery eyes that are as impressive as the brightest star of the world."

  • 2015 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2015 Main Theme Lantern

    The Lucky Ram shows a ram that dedicates good luck and a good harvest. The work is inspired by an old legend, in which a ram sacrifices its life in exchange of seeds of grains for mankind. As soon as the seeds are planted, crops grow. Peace and prosperity prevail.

    The shape of this lantern derives from the ancient bronze script of "ram." The animal has a pair of giant horns. Standing on a rising hill that symbolizes advancement, the ram lifts its head up to overlook what's in the far distance. The base rotates as the lantern turns on, so as to wish Taiwan a bright future.

    The lantern is 23.4 m tall–much taller than all of the preceding works. Its weight is about 30 tons.

  • 2014 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2014 Main Theme Lantern

    The 2014 is the year of Horse. This year's theme lantern installation is a 23-meter tall 30-ton "Prancing Horse" . The golden stallion, inspired by the famous historic stallion- Yanqi Horse, is prancing full of energy and galloping toward Yushan- the highest peak in Taiwan.

    This installation is designed along three main axels- "all optical", "high-tech", and "green technology". To present an unprecedented feast of visual sensations, 2014 theme lantern breaks several records. The whole installation is lit by 5,120 circuits and over 200,000 LED units.

  • 2013 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2013 Main Theme Lantern

    The design of the Main Theme Lantern of the 2013 Taiwan Lantern Festival is based on the theme of "Soaring Dragon Brings Prosperity." It embodies the spirit of bravery, resolution, perseverance, and indomitability and fuses folk culture, modern art, and high technology elements to present the brilliance of Hsinchu.

    The lantern has the shape of a serpent-like water dragon symbolic of the spirit of soaring higher into a prosperous new year. It is made with modern high-tech construction methods and presents a sculptural aesthetic informed by traditional culture.

  • 2012 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2012 Main Theme Lantern

    The design theme of the 2012 Main Theme Lantern is "Soaring Dragon in Radiant Skies." This theme is embodied through the imagery of "a dragon soaring across the world, the glory of creation, abounding auspicious clouds, and embracing virtue." The design is also rooted in traditional culture and folk customs, combining art, technology, and fashion to symbolize the nation, soaring high into its centennial year during the Lantern Festival.

    The Main Theme Lantern for the Year of the Dragon in 2012 was made with new construction methods and an overall lighting and sound effect design using high-tech digital controllers. It also incorporates holographic pixel grating lighting technology developed by the Industrial Technology Research Institute. The lantern is illuminated with high efficiency and energy-saving LED lighting in keeping with global environmental protection trends. In the daylight, the lantern is an impressive and powerful work of landscape art. At night, it transforms into a beautiful giant lantern: the dragon coming alive in a dazzling display of shadow and light.

  • 2011 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2011 Main Theme Lantern

    The main theme lantern for the 2011 festival is sponsored by Chunghwa Telecom and christened the "Auspicious Jade Rabbit" by Shih Hsin University professor Tseng Ying-yi. The design captures a spirit of energy, joy, charm, abundance, and style, integrating folk traditions, culture, art and technology to dazzling effect for this year's ROC centenary Lantern Festival. The main theme lantern is designed, created and presented by Acropro Inc. Based on the shape of a Formosan hare, the lantern embodies aesthetic, creative, and cultural elements to convey the theme of "Jade Rabbit Blessings of Fortune and Prosperity in the New Year."

    The Jade Rabbit lantern measures 20.5-meters high and weighs 30 metric tons. The rabbit is wearing wireless headphones and is clothed in a vest. It holds a golden ingot presented as an offering symbolic of wealth and well being. The ingot is inscribed with a logo reading, "Glorious Century for the Republic of China," to celebrate the nation's centennial birthday with a spirit of national unity. The lantern also brings together modern technology, traditional culture, and artistic lighting techniques to innovative effect. The lighting display uses hologram technology developed by the Industrial Technology Research Institute, eco-friendly LED lighting sources, and digitally controlled effects.

  • 2010 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2010 Main Theme Lantern

    Combining both traditional, high-tech and local cultural elements, the main theme lantern depicts a tiger leaping over a rainbow bridge as a symbol of coming good fortune. The abstract design also depicts the mountains of Chiayi (this year's festival host) and the sunrise and cloud formations of Alishan. The installation is paired with two cute tiger cub lanterns, adding a feeling of family happiness to the propitious theme.

    The lighting display uses 3D photography techniques developed by the Electronics and Optoelectronics Research Laboratories at Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute, as well as internal and external lighting displays coordinated with music. Mirrors and partial reflectors further add to the high-tech effect of the display.

  • 2009 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2009 Main Theme Lantern

    The main theme lantern design is based on the Chinese zodiacal animal for the new year, which in 2009 is the ox (or cow), and the type of ox chosen for the lantern is the Taiwan water buffalo. The lantern symbolizes the spirit of diligence, economic prosperity, the turning wheel of fortune, and the ushering in of a new era.

  • 2008 Main Theme Lantern
  • 2008 Main Theme Lantern

    In celebration of the Year of the Rat, the 2008 Taiwan Lantern Festival adopts the coxinga (spinous country-rat), a rodent native to Taiwan, for the main theme lantern. The lantern depicts the coxinga raised on his hind legs with paws clasped in respect, alluding to a verse by the Tang poet Han Yu. The mouse stands on a grassy knoll praying to the heavens for peace and good fortune and offering a gold ingot symbolizing wealth and luck. The tail of the mouse sways as the lantern revolves, and a colorful light display adds further to the festive quality of the display.

Last Update:2020-03-10
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